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Now open: Uptown Deli and Red Palace. On the way: More burgers

November 8, 2010 - 06:00 AM
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It was a weekend of openings

H Street saw much excitement this past weekend as two new establishments opened their doors for business.

The Atlas Room held a soft opening Saturday evening. Owner Matt Cordes and chef de cuisine Bobby Beard offered patrons signature cocktails and select items from the menu. Cordes and Beard, whose combined culinary background includes Vidalia, 701, Citronelle, and Evening Star Cafe, plan to feature a modern American menu with inspiration from around the globe while focusing on local and sustainable ingredients. Chris Surrusco, formerly of Marvin, Granville Moore’s, and Rustico, is the operation’s cocktail master and bartender. According to H Street Great Street, the restaurant, located at 1015 H St. NE, plans to launch officially later this week if all goes well.

A couple blocks down at 1212 H St., the Red Palace celebrated their opening by featuring the Dangerously Delicious Pies 8th annual Pie and Rock-n-Roll Extravaganza. The Red Palace, which is the merger between the Palace of Wonders and the Red and the Black Bar, aims to combine burlesque and rock music. The two-level venue offers a bar downstairs and space for show performances upstairs. The establishment is expected to launch a full kitchen next year.

The suburbs celebrated an opening as well.  Howard Wasserman’s Uptown Deli in Bethesda opened its doors for business on Saturday, offering patrons fresh bagels, chicken and Matzo ball soup, and desserts. Wasserman, who describes himself as a deli maven, grew up working in Jewish delicatessens and plans to serve everything from sour pickles and corned beef sandwiches to chocolate egg creams and New York cheesecake. The deli takes over La Miche’s former location at 7905 Norfolk Ave.

Bobby Flay is on the way

Burger fans will have yet another burger joint to look forward to. Celebrity chef Bobby Flay has signed a lease for a 3,800-square-foot space at 2121 K St. NW to open Bobby’s Burger Palace, reports WBJ’s Missy Frederick. Flay’s District is expected to open this spring.
• Twitter reacts to Bobby Flay’s burgers (WBJ)
• In non-restaurant related Bobby Flay news, the Food Network chef participated in his third New York City marathon on Sunday.

Coming soon: 8th Street Bar and Grill

8th Street Bar and Grill is opening in Barracks Row. According to the Hill is Home, the upcoming establishment at 727 8th St. SE recently applied for a liquor license. According to the application, the operation will be a “tavern with American cuisine, dancing and five piece bands playing Jazz, Blues, Rock & Roll. Seating capacity is 66. Total occupancy load is 66.  Sidewalk Café with seating for 6.”

Thoughts on Pinkberry and Barcode

• First Bite: The original Pinkberry frozen yogurt (Y&H)
• Quick scan of the new Barcode (Going out Gurus)

In other food and restaurant news...

• While warning about fat, the U.S. government spends $5.3 million to back a dairy group. (New York Times)
• Meanwhile, check out this large pizza that has been turned into a taco... (Your mind blown)
• The Indian government beefed up its food security for President Obama’s visit to India over the weekend. According to media reports, 12 doctors from JJ Hospital in Mumbai were assigned the task of taste testing the president's food. (Food Safety News)
• Online restaurant reviews can make, break eateries. (
• The backlash against foodies. (New York Times)
• And the backlash against the backlash. (Grub Street)
• Burger King is offering free cups of coffee every Friday in November. (Business Week)

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• Bitches Who Brunch: Ping Pong Dim Sum brunch

Plan Ahead - This week’s food and drink events

• Nov. 10 -- Women in Wine Dinner and Complimentary Wine Tasting
• Nov. 10 -- Four Vines Wine Dinner at Blacks Bar and Kitchen
• Nov. 13 -- Luke’s Wings Homecoming Fundraiser at Bobby Van’s Grill
• Nov. 13-14 -- Metropolitan Cooking and Entertaining Show

Sweet Deals
Free coffee on Fridays at Burger King (till end of November)


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  1. Wham Bam Pamela Neko Wham Bam Pamela Neko

    Wham Bam Pamela Neko

    Nov 08, 2010 - 10:59:02 AM

    The new stage at Red Palace is twice the size, and I'm super excited to be performing in one of the first several shows featured at the new Red Palace! Please support burlesque and sideshow at the Red Palace - come see Capital Tassels and Tease! This Wednesday November 10th, 9pm

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